'Ashwamedh Sports Competition 07' in Nashik from Nov 27

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Nashik, Oct 17 (UNI) The eleventh Maharashtra state inter-university 'Ashwamedh Sports Competition 2007' will be held in Nashik from November 27 to December 1.

The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) will organise the Competition. YCMOU is the first ever open university in the country to organise such an event.

2,500 players from 19 state universities will participate in the event. The 'Ashwamedh Sports Competition' was started in 1997 by the then State Governor for providing an opportunity to sports persons to showcase their talent and nurturing budding talent.

With the aim of creating AIDS awareness among the youth, the competition ends on December 1, which is also celebrated as the World AIDS Day, YCMOU Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajan Velukar said in a press conference here today.

The Competition will be inaugurated on November 29 at the Maharashtra Police Academy (MPA) ground. The various sporting events will be held from November 28-30 at the MPA ground and the YCMOU ground. The sporting events include kaabaddi, kho-kho, volleyball, basketball, javelin throw, discuss throw, long jump, high jump and 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 5000 m race competition.

On December 1, an AIDS awareness rally will be held to conclude the programme. The prize distribution will be held on the same day.

Association of India University Chief Secretary Dr Dayanand Dongaonkar has been invited for the concluding ceremony, Dr Velukar added.

For the first time in the 10-year history of the games, some of the sports events will be held under lights. There will be 420 medals (140 each of gold, silver and bronze), 30 rotating trophies and 45 other prizes for the various sporting events, he informed.

National level players participating in the competition will get 100 per cent fee concession whereas state level players will get 75 per cent concession on the fee. The gold medal winners will get a job in the university, initially for six months.

''This is an event of the Nashikities so they should participate in it in large numbers,'' Dr Velurkar appealed.

A symbol of the event, consisting of a galloping horse with the sun in its background, was also released at the press conference.

UNI

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